The World of Narue
|The World of Narue|
Cover for the ADV Films complete collection release
(Narue no Sekai)
|Genre||Romantic comedy, Science fiction|
|Written by||Tomohiro Marukawa|
|Published by||Kadokawa Shoten|
|Original run||April 26, 1999 – December 26, 2012|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Hiromitsu Morita|
|Written by||Yuu Sugitani|
|Music by||Takayuki Negishi|
|Network||MBS, CBC, Chiba TV, Kids Station|
|Original run||April 4, 2003 – June 28, 2003|
The World of Narue (Japanese: 成恵の世界 Hepburn: Narue no Sekai?) is an anime and manga series about Izuka Kazuto and his half-alien girlfriend Narue Nanase. The title is named after A.E. van Vogt's The World of Null-A (Japanese title: 非Aの世界 Naru ē no Sekai).
The manga, spanning 12 volumes as of August 2011, is authored by Tomohiro Marukawa and published by Kadokawa Shoten since 2000. The manga was licensed in North America by the now-defunct CPM Manga.
The anime series ran on MBS between April 4, 2003 and June 28, 2003 and is 12 episodes long. U.S. Manga Corps licensed and released it in a four-disc DVD collection in 2004. Following the 2009 bankruptcy and liquidation of Central Park Media, ADV Films picked up the anime series for release on July 21, 2009. Following the closure of A.D. Vision, the series is now distributed by successor AEsir Holdings and Section23 Films.
Kazuto Izuka is your average 14 year old boy. That is until he has a run-in with another student at his school, Narue Nanase, when she saves him from an attacking alien creature. During the ordeal, Kazuto discovers that Narue is actually half alien herself and that her father is part of a galactic exploration team. With the encouragement of his friend, Masaki Maruo, Izuka asks Narue out to a date. Narue is reluctant at first, but after Kazuto assures her that he is not bothered by her alien heritage, Kazuto and Narue start their relationship as boyfriend and girlfriend. However, like any couple, they have to deal with their fair share of problems; such as Narue's alien sister, Kanaka and Hajime Yagi, Narue's classmate and ufologist who doesn't believe Narue is really an alien and thinks that Narue is lying to get attention.
- Kazuto Izuka (飯塚 和人 Izuka Kazuto?)
- Voiced by: Daisuke Sakaguchi (Japanese), Jamie McGonnigal (English)
- Kazuto is the male protagonist, an average 14-year-old middle schooler who falls in love with an alien girl. He has a kind personality and is also an otaku who likes the magical girl anime series, Yongo-chan. He can't swim but ends up going to the pool, the beach, and the ocean with Narue.
- Narue Nanase (七瀬 成恵 Nanase Narue?)
- Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (Japanese), Veronica Taylor (English)
- Narue is the female protagonist, who is half-alien and half-earthling. She's also 14. She is given the offer to go into space many times but thinks of Earth as her home and does not want to leave. She has an innocent personality and is delighted when Kazuto accepts her as part-alien. She calls Kazuto Kazu.
- Masaki Maruo (丸尾 正樹 Maruo Masaki?)
- Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (Japanese), Jimmy Zoppi (English)
- Maruo is a friend of Kazuto's and tries to give hints to Narue. He is also a childhood friend of Yagi.
- Hajime Yagi (八木 はじめ Yagi Hajime?)
- Voiced by: Saeko Chiba (Japanese), Michele Knotz (English)
- Yagi is a classmate of Kazuto's and a sci-fi enthusiast. She doesn't want to believe Narue is an alien, so she acts hostilely towards her early on. When she befriends Kanaka, who had trouble adjusting to school, Yagi is shown to be somewhat of a loner. Yagi and Narue eventually get over their misunderstandings, partly due to Kanaka, and are able to become friends.
- Kanaka Nanase (七瀬 香奈花 Nanase Kanaka?)
- Voiced by: Junko Minagawa (Japanese), Rachael Lillis (English)
- Kanaka is the older half-sister of Narue and a full-blooded alien, but she's actually 12 mentioned in the anime. She actually appears younger than Narue when she shows up due to complications in the method of space travel (time-dilation). Kanaka is surprised and confused at what has happened while she was away and acts rashly at first, causing trouble. She soon adjusts to her family on Earth, though Kanaka still has a bratty, mischievous personality.
- Bathyscaphe (バチスカーフ 罰襟巻?, Bachisukāfu)
- Voiced by: Mami Kosuge (Japanese), Carol Jacobanis (English)
- Bathyscaphe is Kanaka's caretaker. Although she appears to be human, her true form is a retired Escort Destroyer class starship.
- Haruna (ハルナ?)
- Voiced by: Yumi Tōma (Japanese), Debora Rabbai (English)
- Haruna is a Fast Escort Destroyer class starship that has gone AWOL and is hiding out in human shape as a waitress at a beach restaurant. She was frightened to meet Bathyscaphe, but Bathyscaphe assured her that as a retired ship she is not obligated and will not report Haruna to the alien authorities. Later Haruna marries the proprietor of the beach restaurant.
- Tadashi Nanase (七瀬 正 Nanase Tadashi?)
- Voiced by: Jun'ichi Sugawara (Japanese), Dan Green (English)
- Narue's father, an alien. He was sent to Earth to study its culture and people, and fell in love with a human woman, Narue's mother.
- Tail Messa (テイルメッサー Teiru Messā?)
- Voiced by: Tomomichi Nishumura (Japanese), Tristan Goddard (English)
- Head Inspector. He tries many times to persuade Narue to leave Earth and go to space, but seems to have a soft spot for Narue's family and friends. Tail Messa helped Narue's father emigrate from Planet Nippon when it became obvious convincing him otherwise was impossible, and as Head Inspector he helped arrange for the Turugistani refugee ship Ninurta to settle on Planet Nippon, thus solving a sticky diplomatic - and romantic - situation that threatened to break up Narue and Kazuto.
- Rin Asakura (朝倉 鈴 Asakura Rin?)
- Voiced by: Oma Ichimura (Japanese), Jessica Calvello (English)
- Official title: Intelligence Mecha for the Office of the Head Inspector. Android-form space fighter used by Tail Messa to help defend Earth. When she first appeared, she tried to seduce Kazuto away from Narue (under orders from Tail Messa), but finds out that their bond is very strong and unbreakable. After that she warms up to them and they become good friends. Rin appears to draw mainly Earth-based duties.
- Ran Tendo (天堂 蘭 Tendō Ran?)
- Voiced by: Tomoko Kawakami (Japanese), Shannon Conley (English)
- Official title: Tactical Mecha for the Office of the Head Inspector. Android space fighter used by Tail Mesa to help defend Earth. More pragmatic than Rin. Ran and Rei operate from the escort carrier Binten to defend Earth from, e.g., terrorists and berserker androids. Ran can fly by transforming her ponytails into twin propulsion units.
- Rei Otonashi (音無 麗 Otonashi Rei?)
- Voiced by: Natsuko Kuwatani (Japanese), Catherine Kim (English)
- Official title: Strategic Mecha for the Office of the Head Inspector. Android space fighter used by Tail Mesa to help defend Earth. Rei is more composed than either Rin or Ran but when surprised she can fire missiles in an instant. Rei can transform her long hair and cap into a delta wing and radome for airborne surveillance duty.
- Akira Nitta (新田 昭 Nitta Akira?)
- One of Narue's male classmates, very short, and very withdrawn. Nitta idolizes Narue because she's one of the few people at school who treats him kindly. His adventures include finding and wearing Narue's teleportation headband - with humorous results - and exorcising a ghost with the help of Yagi and Kudo. Nitta is constantly on library duty because he hasn't the guts to demand his classmates take their turns. (Manga only)
- Kyoko Kudo (工藤 杏子 Kudō Kyōko?)
- Voiced by: Kanako Tateno (Japanese), Lisa Ortiz (English)
- One of Narue's female classmates and a snobby bully... with a helpful side. On at least one occasion she warmed to Nitta considerably; perhaps he tickled her mothering instinct.
- Yuki Kashiwazaki (柏崎 ゆき Kashiwazaki Yuki?)
- Voiced by: Yūko Gotō (Japanese), Mandy Bonhomme (English)
- Aya Kanazawa (金沢 あや Kanazawa Aya?)
- Voiced by: Nami Kurokawa (Japanese), Catherine Kim (English)
- Manaka Daito / Magicannon Girl Yongo-chan (大当 真名花 / 魔砲少女四号ちゃん Daitō Manaka / Mahō Shōjō Yongōchan?)
- Voiced by: Sakura Nogawa (Japanese), Lisa Ortiz (English)
- Heroine of the eponymous, fictional anime television series show with the world of Narue. By the power of the Magical Cannon of #4, Manaka transforms from a serious young archery club member to Magicannon Girl Yongo-chan, Magical Girl of Love and Peace. Yongo-chan's name and costume design both derive from the Panzer IV tank, known as Yongo Sensha (IV号戦車) in Japanese.
List of episodes
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1||"My Girlfriend Is An Alien"
"Boku no Kanojo wa Uchūjin" (ボクの彼女は宇宙人)
|April 5, 2003|
|Kazuto Izuka sees a dog on the street. He is about to pick it up when it suddenly turns into a monster. Narue saves him with her bat and runs off. The next day, with Maruo's help, he asks Narue to have tea with him. When she tells him that she is an alien, Kazuto says he doesn't mind and with her magical headband she shows him space.|
|2||"The First Date"
"Hajimete no dēto" (はじめてのデート)
|April 12, 2003|
|Kazuto asks Narue on their first date. However, he has no experience in dating, so he enlists Maruo's help. But as they enjoy their date, Yagi is trying to find out more about Narue's true identity, all while stalking them.|
|3||"A Secret Base For Two"
"Futari no kimitsu kichi" (二人の秘密基地)
|April 19, 2003|
|Narue visits Kazuto's house, with a very interesting mother and sister. They have tea together, while talking. However, after watching an anime together, Narue insists on showing Kazuto her "Secret Spot": a mountainside area. First appearance of Magical Girl Number 4|
|4||"My Younger Older Sister"
"Toshishita no oneechan" (年下のお姉ちゃん)
|April 26, 2003|
|Narue learns that her older sister, Kanaka, exists and is coming to visit with her nanny, Bathyscaphe. Kanaka gets mad because everything has changed about her dad though and starts to run off. She bumps into Narue and while fighting her accidentally shocks her with a sort of laser gun. This causes Narue to get a high fever and Kazuto stays with Narue until she wakes up the next day. Kanaka becomes everyone's friend in the end.|
|5||"Kanaka Goes To School"
"Kanaka Gakkō e iku" (香奈花学校へ行く)
|May 3, 2003|
|Kanaka attends school, and meets the entire student body, and is having a hard time adjusting. She makes friends with Yagi, who she doesn't know is trying to discover her sister Narue's secret of being an alien.|
|6||"The Impact of Love"
"Koi wa Impact!" (恋はインパクト)
|May 10, 2003|
|Kazuto wakes up to meet a young girl, named Rin, who says that she's her little sister, but has unusual powers. When Narue sees them, she suddenly felt unhappy and worried, revealing that she's jealous. Unfortunately, Rin wanted to end Kazuto and Narue's relationship, after revealing that she's from space. But, as she was trying to force Kazuto into kissing her, in front of Narue, she begins to short out, later revealing that she's an android, assigned by Tail Messa, to bring the Nanases back to Planet Nihon. Rin rescues Kazuto from being run over by a truck, after failing her mission. The episode ends with Narue kissing Kazuto.|
|7||"The Pool—Clear Danger!"
"Pūru!? Kiki sanbatsu" (プール！？危機三発)
|May 17, 2003|
|A day at the public pool turns into an adventure across time, or so it seems. Kanaka uses a device to find an uncrowded place to swim, and the misadventure begins.|
|8||"A Message From Earth"
"Chikyū kara no messēji" (地球からのメッセージ)
|May 24, 2003|
|The back story about Narue's parents meeting is told.|
|9||"A Starship In Love"
"Koisuru Hoshi Fune" (恋する星船)
|May 31, 2003|
|While at the beach, the cast encounters an exiled alien starship disguised as a human woman named Haruna. She is working at a beach front cafe, and afraid that Bathyscaphe who knows who she is, will turn her in. A tsunami occurs and her disguise is revealed, and she plans on leaving earth, even if she will have to return to military service.|
|10||"The Great Cosplay Plan"
"Kosupure Taisaku Ikusa" (コスプレ大作戦)
|June 7, 2003|
|Kazuto and Narue are on their first solo date in a while. Kazuto goes into a cosplay cafe and sees the voice actor Magical Girl Number 4 there. Kazuto is invited to become a judge for the upcoming cosplay contest and Narue becomes jealous. Narue enters the contest and with Yagi makes her own costume to impress Kazuto, and show up the Voice actress who is trying to attract Kazuto. Meanwhile Kazuto can't get Narue to talk to him and gets really sad. When he, as a judge, sees Narue in the contest, he faints. When he wakes up he is in a bed and Narue is taking care of his fever. Even though she wins, Kazuto tells her that he likes her just the way she is.|
|11||"A Private Little Wedding"
"Chīsa na kekkonshiki" (小さな結婚式)
|June 14, 2003|
|The conclusion of the story begun in episode 9. The ensemble plot to arrange a 'marriage' between an exiled alien Mecha and her hot springs resort "boss" who loves her, although he knows she is an alien spacecraft in disguise.|
|12||"The Night Of The Festival"
"Matsuri no Yoru" (祭の夜)
|June 21, 2003|
|The climax of the series, with a running battle between the cast and a group of "space ninjas".|
|No.||Original release date||Original ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|01||June 28, 2000||ISBN 4-04-713346-9||May 2004||ISBN 1-58664-961-2|
|02||September 25, 2000||ISBN 4-04-713365-5||September 2004||ISBN 1-58664-962-0|
|03||April 25, 2001||ISBN 4-04-713416-3||November 2004||ISBN 1-58664-963-9|
|04||February 26, 2002||ISBN 4-04-713477-5||January 11, 2006||ISBN 1-58664-964-7|
|05||December 12, 2002||ISBN 4-04-713516-X||TBA||ISBN 1-57800-725-9|
|06||March 1, 2004||ISBN 4-04-713601-8|
|07||December 25, 2004||ISBN 4-04-713679-4|
|08||July 26, 2005||ISBN 4-04-713736-7|
|09||October 26, 2006||ISBN 4-04-713882-7|
|10||March 26, 2008||ISBN 978-4-04-715039-3|
|11||May 26, 2010||ISBN 978-4-04-715455-1|
|12||August 8, 2011||ISBN 978-4-04-715762-0|
|13||February 26, 2013||ISBN 978-4-04-120589-1|
Note: Only the first 3 volumes were released in US bookstores and are currently out of print. The 4th and 5th volume only saw limited releases through online orders. Since the closure of CPM, the manga has not been picked up by another US publisher.
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- "CPM April Release". Anime News Network. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
- "ADV Adds Grave of the Fireflies, Now and Then, Here and There". Anime News Network. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- "ADV Films Shuts Down, Parent Transfers Assets to Other Companies". Anime News Network. Retrieved 18 February 2013.